| Over the course of 6 years of conducting our
tours, we've developed a tried-and-true process for designing
and conducting our tours.
Introduction and Initial Ideas
The first step in the process of creating your tour is a quick
introduction. We ask you to complete
a brief form with your basic contact information, the
size of your group, your tour dates and an overview of what
you're looking for from your trip. We will respond within
one business day with some initial thoughts, usually accompanied
by a few clarification questions.
At this point, we will also request a good-faith deposit
equal to $50 per day of your proposed itinerary, up to a maximum
Planning Your Tour
With introductions out of the way, we begin the process
of building your tour in earnest. We begin by learning about
your interests, budget, time availability and other needs,
and then apply our area expertise to create a unique itinerary.
Using your feedback, we refine your itinerary until the final
version accurately realizes your vision. Here's a detailed
description of the tour planning process.
Contract and Confirmation Deposit
Once you're completely thrilled with your itinerary, we'll
make it official with a contract, and a deposit of 25% of
our tour fee (minus the original deposit you submitted at
the beginning of the process). We'll also have you complete
a credit card authorization, authorizing us to use your card
to book your accommodations and other local arrangements.
Getting the Arrangements in Order:
We book any local activities and attractions included in the
itinerary that require reservations, and offer a set of our
preferred hotels for your consideration. You will book
your own accommodations directly.
30 days prior to your arrival date, we'll collect payment
of the remaining amount due on our fee. We also reconfirm
all of your local reservations as a final safeguard against
Enjoying the Trip:
This is the easy part. Your tour
director meets you and your group at the agreed location,
and you all have the time of your lives!